NAILS // My Experience with Gel Nails

My sister has been getting shellac nails done for a while now and I always thought it looked amazing, so last month she took me to get mine done for my birthday. Just the gel polish, I'm not a big fan of acrylic/false nails! (Apologies for the rubbish pictures, I wasn't planning on doing a post about this so never took any good ones with my camera!)

I was super happy with the result of my gel nails, they're so shiny and really strengthen your nails, it was just the removal process that really made me rethink whether I wanted to get them done again. Also, the 'nail regrowth' after about 2 weeks really doesn't look the best...

All in all, it took me around 2 hours to remove the gel nails. I had to alternate between soaking them in nail polish remover and a gel remover oil, I then had to basically scrape the gel polish off and for someone who hates the feeling of even filing my nails, it wasn't the nicest process for me.

The one major upside to having gel nails (other than having perfect looking nails for 2 weeks straight) was none of my nails broke at all! I love having long nails and constantly have to cut them down and grow them out again when one breaks so I think having gel nails really gave them strength whilst I was growing them and now they're at a perfect length! I'm being very careful with them though, as apparently the removal of gel polish takes off the top layer of your actual nail, so I'm very conscious of my nails being weaker now.

I'm still umming and ahing on whether I'd get them done again, but at the moment I miss all the new polishes I got in England in April so I'm actually excited to be able to paint my nails again!

Have you ever had shellac/gel nails or would you like to try it out? Lets have a chat in the comments!

VIDEO // Get Ready With Me

Long time no see (post?)! I haven't had my camera for a while since coming back from England a couple months ago so I couldn't make any posts and I really want to get stuck into doing YouTube more now so the first thing I did after being able to use my camera was film this. Here is a Get Ready With Me with makeup, hair and an outfit from when I went to the theatre to see Annie!

I'd love if you'd give it a watch and let me know what you think, I'm gonna try and get into posting a video once a week so we'll see how that goes!

REVIEW // Maybelline Flash Clean Express

I've had this product for over a year now and I love it so much I had to do a review on it! It's a 3-in-1 makeup remover that claims to remove, cleanse and moisturize.

It's amazing at removing stubborn makeup, especially Benefit's They're Real mascara which I find difficult to remove without this product. It's a very creamy consistency that turns into a sort of liquid when applied to the skin. It doesn't have any fragrance to it which I really like as sometimes fragrances in these sort of products can irritate the skin.

This product claims to use an exclusive 'Quick-Break Technology' to transform the lotion into a liquid to remove the makeup and is infused with Moringa Seed extract to purify and cleanse the skin. It then moisturizes as it cleans. I haven't used this product continuously enough to test whether it really does work as a cleanser and moisturizer too.

I don't use this an awful lot as there are a few downsides to it. I find that you have to remove with a wet towel or baby wipe otherwise it'll leave your skin feeling a little sticky, and although it claims it's for sensitive skin and can be used on the eyes, I find that it stings my eyes quite a bit. I only really use this product when I want to remove makeup quickly due to these reasons but other than that I love how well this works when I need it!

Have any of you tried this product? What do you think of it? What's your favourite makeup remover? Let me know in the comments!

VIDEO // Top 5 Beginners Beauty Tips

So I haven't posted in a while because I've been working on YouTube channel!

I finally got around to filming and uploading my first (if we don't count the Miley Cyrus music videos I did when I was 11...) video and I'm so excited! It's a little rough and jumpy and the lighting changes a lot as I was using natural lighting but hey, everyone's gotta start somewhere, right?

I'd appreciate it so so much if you'd watch my video and maybe even share it to someone you might think would like to watch it. Leave me a comment below if you did and your thoughts on the video, and if you have a YouTube channel too, link me and I'll definitely check it out!

Do you think I should do more videos or stick to just blogging?

HAIR // Queen Elsa Braid

Frozen Queen Elsa Milkmaid Braid

Frozen Queen Elsa Milkmaid Braid

...Or as most people know it, the 'milkmaid braid'.

Ask me to do any kind of braid on your hair and I'll most likely be able to do it, but ask me to do it on my own hair and I wont be able to. I just can't grasp the concept of doing it all backwards on your own head, haha. So, I was down in my sisters room today when I was trying out the only way I knew of doing this hair style, by plaiting your hair on each side and clipping them up on top of your head.

It looked a little silly and my sister suggested a way she'd watched a video about it, where you just do one continuous external braid from one side of the head to the other and then clip the remaining hair under where you started to make it look like a circle. I absolutely love this, so props to my sister, Elle, for doing this for me today. She has the same style blog as me so check it out!

This hair style reminds me of Queen Elsa from Frozen (hence the title) and I even tried on a tiara today when we were shopping and it looked so cute. If only I still had white blonde hair like Elsa does in the film!

Frozen Queen Elsa Milkmaid Braid

REVIEW // Revlon Diamond Lust

Revlon Diamond Lust 110 Starry Pink

Revlon Diamond Lust 110 Starry Pink
Revlon Diamond Lust {110 Starry Pink}

I've been putting off reviewing this for a while because I keep thinking 'maybe the more I try and use it, the more I'll like it' but alas, that's not the case. I'm also not very excited to post a negative review but I was so excited to try this product because I kept seeing it and I'm all for a glittery eyeshadow, so I grabbed it when it was on sale.

To put it simply, this product just doesn't really do anything. It's such a lovely colour and swatches a lovely colour too, but it basically is just crushed up glitter and sticks to everything but your eyelid. Well, it does for about 10 minutes, maybe even up to an hour, but after that it's just all over your face. I expected fallout from a product like this, but only really when I was applying it. You can put this onto your hand (with a base/primer) and it will just rub straight off.

I've tried multiple different primer products to put underneath this and nothing really seems to work. The only thing I haven't tried is a cream shadow because I don't own one at the moment.

I don't want to give up on this product but I feel like I might have to.

Revlon Diamond Lust 110 Starry Pink

Do any of you own this product? Have you had the same experience as me? If not, what do you use with it? Comment below!

FOTD // Smokey Wing + Red Lips

  Excuse the horrific picture quality, my camera was not agreeing with me!

I went out to dinner with my family the other night and went for a winged out smokey eye kinda thing with light red lips. I saw this look on a YouTube tutorial once and have been loving doing it, even if it is a little scary to put tape on your face to get the sharp edge!

I love this look because it's an interesting twist on a smokey eye, and I went for a more lighter look but you can make it as dark and as intense as you want.

The products I used were - MaxFactor Smooth Effects foundation - Benefit Erase Paste -  Rimmel Stay Matte powder - Kryolan eye shadow palette {Highlight, Black and Oak as blending colour, M-12 blush to contour} - Wendy Hill eyeshadow {Thunder} - City Colour Jumbo Eye Pencil - Maybelline The Falsies - Natio Brow Kit - Jordana Lipstick {Matte Red

Have you tried out any looks like this? Whats your go to look for going out to dinner? Let me know in the comments!